The Texas Rangers used strong starting pitching and the long ball to help finish off a sweep of the Boston Red Sox this past weekend.
Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando and Yu Darvish held the Red Sox to only four runs over 21 innings pitched while striking out 27. Darvish struck out 14 Red Sox Sunday while allowing three runs on four hits.
Holland’s start might have been the most impressive of the three.
Dutch Oven pitched eight scoreless innings, walking one and striking out nine with six hits scattered in between.
The offense started clicking too.
Adrian Beltre broke out of his season-long slump to go 4-for-5 with 3 RBI Friday night in the Rangers’ 7-0 win.
Saturday, Craig Gentry got in on the action providing a key two-run homer that put the Rangers ahead for good 5-1. Ogando went six strong innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out four. Saturday was his third-straight quality start, this time, however, he got enough run support to get the W.
Sunday’s matchup was the best on paper, but neither Darvish or Boston’s Jon Lester got a decision.
Both starting pitchers allowed three runs on the strength of two homers, but the game staid tied into the bottom of the ninth.
Elvis Andrus got on via a bloop single, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. The Sox decided to walk Lance Berkman to face Beltre.
Beltre lined a single to right-center field scoring Andrus, and giving the Rangers the sweep.
Now, the Rangers must travel a little bit. Monday they face the Chicago Cubs in a makeup game at Wrigley field.
Chicago, (11-20) has the second-worst record in the National League thanks to the Miami Marlins struggles.
Texas, (20-11) is tied for the best record in the majors. The Rangers sweep this weekend tied them with Boston and the St. Louis Cardinals.
After Monday’s game, the Rangers travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers for a quick two-game series.
The Brew-Crew is not much better than the Cubbies at (14-16), but play very well at home. Well, at least they did.
The Brewers came into their weekend series against the Cardinals at 9-6 at home. St. Louis went on a tear, sweeping the Brewers in a four-game set.
Texas looks to continue that losing trend for the Brewers.
Here are your pitching matchups this week:
Monday: TEX Nick Tepesch (2-2 3.54 ERA) at CHI Scott Feldman (2-3 3.34 ERA)
Tuesday: TEX Justin Grimm (2-1 2.28 ERA) at Wily Peralta (2-2 6.00 ERA)
Wednesday: TEX Derek Holland (2-2 2.74 ERA) at Kyle Lohse (1-3 3.16 ERA)